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Jenkins: Obama and the Smartphone Wars Updated Aug. 24, 2011 7:50 p.m. ET Patent litigation is a game created by government, and constructively so. But the game appears to be getting out of whack in the smartphone patent wars. Patents encourage innovation by protecting inventors to profit from innovation. Jenkins: Obama and the Smartphone Wars
Riots database of 2.5m tweets reveals complex picture of interaction | UK news Riots database of 2.5m tweets reveals complex picture of interaction | UK news A shop is set on fire in Croydon, London. Anecdotal evidence suggests BlackBerry Messenger was also used by some rioters to disseminate messages inciting unrest. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP When David Cameron addressed an emergency session of parliament convened in the aftermath of four consecutive nights of rioting and looting across England, he quickly turned to the supposed role played by social media.
Even though the Windows Phone Mango operating system is still not in consumers' hands or phones, talk has turned to the next version of the OS, codenamed "Tango." I blogged earlier this month about what I was hearing from my sources about Tango. In short, my contacts said that Tango would be a minor release (or two) that would target lower-cost phones and be geared, in particular, to address the Asian market. Detangling the Windows Phone Tango talk Detangling the Windows Phone Tango talk
Aggregating Without Aggravating   What are the best practices when it comes to collecting the material of other news outlets? Wed. August 24, 2011 By Michaelle Bond Michaelle Bond (mbond@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant. The day after media columnist Simon Dumenco wrote a post commenting on the Twitter buzz surrounding both Apple's iCloud announcement and the Rep. Aggregating Without Aggravating  
Why Michael Robertson of Mp3Tunes deserves our gratitude — Tech News and Analysis (Build 20110814042011) To recap the decision in the Mp3Tunes case, EMI sued the company for what it said were a number of copyright-infringing features of the service — including that users could “sideload” songs to their online lockers, by transferring them directly from online sources such as Amazon, and that the service “de-duplicated” songs stored on its servers, so users who shared a specific song would simply access one copy instead of having to store two separate copies. As with many similar music-sharing lawsuits, EMI also argued that the simple act of copying a song to a cloud service was an infringement of copyright. Cloud-based lockers ruled legal Why Michael Robertson of Mp3Tunes deserves our gratitude — Tech News and Analysis (Build 20110814042011)
Reflections of an ex-Googler Reflections of an ex-Googler Reflections of an ex-Googler Google. It’s the number two most valuable brand in the world. One of the guys who invented the Internet works there. Their revenue hit $9 billion in Q2. Yet, there was something that nagged.
Why Apple Went To Dusseldorf
Samsung Galaxy handsets hit by EU ruling | The Digital Home Samsung Galaxy handsets hit by EU ruling | The Digital Home The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of several handsets affected by the EU ruling. (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) Apple has won another major victory in its ongoing battle with Samsung.
Technology Devices Either Sell Big or Die Fast
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